A seminar was organised by GITAM University in connection with ‘World Water Day' on Monday.

Assistant Hydro Geologist C. Chandrasekhara Rao, who participated as chief guest, called for water budget to design conservation strategies. He felt that the budget could be used as a performance standard for water consumption. He said that rapid urbanisation and erratic rainfall was resulting in depletion of water levels. Indiscriminate use of groundwater was another cause for depletion of water resources.

Environmentalist T. Shivaji Rao said that cloud seeding was the only way to increase the water resources. Principal of GITAM Institute of Science N. Laxmana Das said that National Sample Survey showed that 50% of rural households were served by the tube well/hand pump, 26% by a well, and 19% by taps.

Head of the Environmental Science Department T. Srinivas, UGC coordinator and geologist C.H. Ramakrishna and other senior faculty members participated in the seminar.

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